New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production, Transmission, and Distribution: 40 CFR 60.5360 to 60.5430
Renewable energy generation incentives: 10 CFR 451
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
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Energy generation and the environment will always be very closely linked. The extraction and utilization of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas, to meet our nation's energy demands have significant impacts on our environment. In an effort to mitigate those impacts, regulations have been or are being established, and viable, sustainable energy alternatives are being developed.
Advanced technologies, including horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, have allowed the production of oil and gas from rock formations that previously could not be developed. Therefore, resources like shale gas and shale oil are among the fastest growing energy sources in the United States. However, these abundant energy sources do not come without environmental concerns, specifically concerns about adverse impacts on surface water and groundwater.
Fossil Fuel-Fired Power Plants
Historically, energy demands have been met by utilizing electric generating capacity dependent on fossil fuel—in particular, coal. As a result, the nation's power plants are the largest source of air pollution emissions in the country. The energy generation by fossil fuel-fired power plants emits large quantities of numerous pollutants, resulting in a wide variety of environmental ...